4 Tips For Choosing The Right Dryer For Salon-Styled Hair At Home

This must-have beauty gadget can make bad hair days a thing of the past

Mohini Mehrotra Updated: Jun 18, 2020 21:28:44 IST
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If you thought that buying a hair dryer is a simple enough job, you couldn’t be more wrong. With so many options to choose from, getting to the right one can be tough. Here are some factors you need to keep in mind when buying a hair dryer:

1. Know your hair type: The first thing to consider before buying a hair dryer is the texture, length and the density of your hair. Why would this make a difference, you may ask. A generic hair dryer may not work well for a specific hair type, making the process quite cumbersome and time-consuming. Plus, you won’t even get the desired result. Ceramic hair dryers are ideal if your hair is thin. However, if you have thick or frizzy hair that is difficult to dry, an ionic dryer will suit your needs.

2. Different kinds of dryers: There are three types of hair dryers available—traditional, ionic and ceramic that you can choose from based on your hair type and requirement. A traditional hair dryer uses a metal coil and comes with basic features—two switches, one to turn the device on and off and the other to control the rate of airflow. Some models have an extra switch that lets you regulate the temperature of the airflow.

More advanced ionic dryers use negatively charged ions to break down the water molecules in the hair. The drying time is short and the hair looks smooth and shiny. However, these dryers are best used at a lower temperature to prevent over-drying of hair, which can lead to damage and frizz. Ceramic hair dryers, on the other hand, have a ceramic coating inside and emit non-damaging infrared heat. This dryer distributes the heat more evenly, reducing the chances of hair damage.

3. What works for you: If you have thick and curly hair, then you should go for a styling tool that helps tame your mane and makes your curls look soft and manageable. An ionic hair dryer will not only cut your drying time but also make your curls salon-styled in a matter of minutes. For added advantage, go for a hair dryer with a diffuser attachment which can help define your curls while blow-drying.

A ceramic hair dryer, although good for all hair types, is especially beneficial for people who have fine, thin tresses. Ceramic hairdryers regulate temperature better and therefore the heat is less harsh. Pick one with a nozzle that concentrates the air stream so that you can add a little bit of bounce to your hair. Also, make sure your dryer has a cold air setting—use it in the end to seal your hair cuticle and lock in the moisture.

4. Watch the weight: Since you hold a dryer for quite some time, make sure the device is light and gives you a good grip so that you don’t strain your arm. A compact hair dryer is also easier to carry along while travelling.

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